The OneNote app on Android is about to get a major interface upgrade. In the official announcement, the popular note-taking app will usher in a new home screen, new visual effects, and more. Microsoft says the new version will be rolled out in stages from 16.0.15128.20270 and later.
Microsoft hopes this new look will help you “quickly capture what’s important to you and remember it with confidence.” A core part of the redesign is a new Home tab that lets you capture your notes using text, voice, handwriting, or the camera.
There is also a preview card similar to Windows -11 sticky notes for your notes. Related to this is the Quick Capture bar at the bottom of the app, allowing you to take notes with just one click.
This new home tab will even show all your notes from all logged-in accounts in one view, letting you click on a note to edit it. And, if you want, you can switch the view from grid to list to see more details.
All notes can be rearranged on the Home tab by dragging them, and you can sort by common filters such as note type, page or account. Microsoft even added gestures to OneNote mobile that let you swipe to sync, and long-press quick actions to copy, move or share.
As for in-app functionality, the quick capture bar integrates an upgraded Microsoft Lens. This will let you select and filter images in new ways, or scan documents to extract text.
In this new version, voice dictation has also been tweaked so you can use voice commands to format your notes. In its current state, Microsoft doesn’t plan to roll out the new experience to tablets or dual-screen phones. The company says it’s working to bring these features to other platforms as soon as possible.
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